Friday, March 14, 2008

City View Quaker Church in Asheville, NC

A Quaker Church in NC which was part of Friends United Meeting has withdrawn from FUM and lost their building after taking a united stance to support gay rights, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The church is still meeting in the former minister's home.

Read the Citizen-Times story here.

According to the article, City View lost their building and were officially disbanded by FUM. In addition:

The Quarterly Meeting also told Vestal’s church they could no longer use the word Quaker in their name.

“They don’t have proprietary right to the name, so we kept it,” Vestal said.

Vestal has lost his pastoral salary and has gone to work at a bookstore. His church now meets in his home in North Asheville.

Blessed are these brave Friends.

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